Friday, 27 May 2011
Waiter, more wine please
For Such Small Portions' second end of season review, please welcome Twitter starlet @Bentleysbird as our guest columnist. As with @Liquidspurs, here's a Spurs fan with plenty of opinions worth listening to but, without a blog, only 140 characters with which to express them. Until now. So, make sure you're following her - and if you're a Harry/Stratford fan, stand well back...
If you’re a glass half full kind of person you should probably stop reading. Me? When my glass is half empty I ask for a refill.
We all start every season with enormous anticipation: surely this will finally be our year. In August I was actually optimistic, not just hopeful. Champions League with a decent qualifier, the best squad we’ve had in a while and a manager who was saying all the right things. It seemed this really could be it.
Sadly I won’t look back on this season with fondness, in fact, I’m glad it’s all over.
Before anyone throws the Champions League run and the wins at le scum and Liverpool at me and I counteract with Wolves, Wigan, West Ham etc, I want to be clear. The main reasons that I just want to forget this season are not footballing ones. From a season of hope this has turned into a season of division, fan against fan, of sniping, backbiting and downright pettiness.
Firstly, the stadium. There are arguments for and against moving to Stratford but the big one is this: heritage v convenience.
The club moved from a position of ‘plan B’ to ‘preferred’ with amazing speed, telling us the Northumberland Park Development had become ‘unviable’, aiming blame in the direction of the local council and MP yet providing no concrete reasons.
I just can’t shake the feeling that a move away from Tottenham would be the beginning of the end of the club I love and the start of something completely different - and not in a good way. For that reason a large part of my season was spent campaigning against this move. And while I firmly believe it was the right thing to do, it took a lot of the pleasure out of games for me, especially while I was questioned and berated for doing something that in my heart I know is right.
I thought the decision to award the Olympic Stadium to West Ham would end this particular battle, and we could campaign together for the NPD, creating the space we need in the area we belong.
Sadly, for all the good Levy has done for Spurs it seems that like a drunk in a nightclub he just can’t take no for an answer. Ladies, you know the man I mean and gents, you may have been him. Bottom line: it’s unattractive, desperate and will only end in further rejection and potential humiliation.
Secondly, Harry Redknapp. He’s overtaken Jenas as the Marmite man. Personally I think he’s a classless media junkie who treats our fans and heritage with utter contempt and who has written my beloved Martin Jol out of Spurs history.
Other fans like his easy manner with the press and the slack they have cut us in return. On the pitch there have been good performances and bad. The people in the middle would just like him to admit that sometimes he gets it wrong instead of constant deflection, talking about unhappy fans on a phone in as ‘idiots who don’t even watch football’, telling us ‘it won’t get any better’ despite his early season assertion that Spurs could challenge for the title and, the icing on the cake for many ‘Anyone that doesn’t enjoy it should go and support someone else’.
Wherever you stand on this debate, it should be just that, not sections of fans calling others names and questioning their loyalty to a club who they have backed through numerous bad times. We’re allowed to disagree as long as we remember the constant, we all love Spurs.
So, yes, there have been good times this season but with the exception of a memorable trip to Bremen they aren’t what I’ll remember. But chin up, we are Tottenham, next season is sure to be different. So waiter, bring me my wine and please, make it a good year.